Yemen Post ex-President Saleh's death

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I fotgot to add "an outsider conspiracy". So basically Iran is trying to say that Saudi Arabia killed him so go ahead Saleh supporters and attack Saudi Arabia, leave the Houthies alone.
As usual, it is a self defeating statement. Saleh had already switched sides because of the humanitarian toll. This is why I posted the following OP as well.

Nonetheless, it would be appreciated, if you would post their version as well


"If President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed five days ago, the Saudi-led coalition and the legitimate government would have been blamed. However he was killed by the Houthis after he announced the end of his alliance with them."

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Iranian politician: There’s no ISIS in Yemen, so why should we intervene?
Staff writer, Al Arabiya
05 December 2017
Last Update: Tuesday, 5 December 2017 KSA 20:17 - GMT 17:17

Mostafa Tajzadeh, a veteran Iranian politician, has attacked the Revolutionary Guard for its intervention in Yemen, saying that there was “nothing to make of Yemeni territory that have any strategic importance for Iran”.

“Yemen is not occupied by ISIS and it has no holy places, it is not a neighbor of Israel to be considered, by the Iranian regime leaders, with a strategic importance for the Islamic Republic,” Tajzadeh tweeted on Monday.

Tajzadeh refers to the efforts of the Iranian regime to intervene in the internal affairs of Arab countries, where Iran intervenes militarily in Syria and Iraq. Their presence in one is focused on fighting ISIS while in the second to defend Shiite shrines in both countries, where it calls its militias in Syria and Iraq “Defenders of al-Haram.”

Iran is also intervening in Lebanon’s affairs by supporting the terror group Hezbollah militias, arguing that this country is the first front
against Israel.

On Nov. 23, Revolutionary Guards Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari announced what he called an “advisory support” council of his “forces to Yemen", which meant the Houthi militias were being supported politically, financially and militarily by Tehran.

Tajzadeh is an Iranian reformist politician who was deputy for the interior minister in political and security affairs under the former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

During the 2009 protests in Iran after the controversial presidential elections, Tajzadeh was arrested and spent almost seven years in prison.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/12/05/Iranian-politician-There-s-no-ISIS-in-Yemen-so-why-should-we-intervene-.html
 

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The GCC summit in Kuwait survived while Doha didn’t
06 December 2017

Despite the blurred smiles among delegations, the Emir of Qatar could not hide his awkward position when he sat for the first time since the dispute broke out facing the ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. It is more than a disagreement. It is outright hostility.

A day before the Kuwait summit, Qatar demonstrated animosity by supporting the Houthis in their war against Yemenis and Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, Qatar supported the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh because he joined the alliance with Saudi Arabia. This is the most bizarre situation in the history of the GCC since its establishment in 1981.

However, as a mark of respect for the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the three countries did not boycott the GCC summit in Kuwait even though Qatar violated the council’s charters and overturned its commitments to Riyadh, ironically witnessed by the Emir of Kuwait himself.

The symbolic presence yesterday was a clear message that the summit is the only joint political action between the boycotting countries and Qatar, and may not happen again. The summit survived despite the boycotting of all ties with Qatar and the GCC avoided a total collapse.

Qatar’s continued presence in the GCC, and the four-member summit meeting, in the shortest summit in its history, could send out wrong messages, such as that the dispute has shrunk, which is not true, and that the demands can be overcome, which is also not true.

No justification for reconciliation
The Doha government, which is promoting in its media that the holding of the summit and Qatar’s presence is a victory, strengthens the point of view of the boycotting countries, that Qatar has not changed. It will not change and there is no justification for reconciliation with it, and thus it is the right of these countries to continue their boycott.

Since the beginning of the dispute, the government in Doha has shown no decline in its hostile activities against the four countries: Egypt and the three Gulf states. It is active in Yemen, funding, recruiting, and doing propaganda for the Houthis responsible for bombing and killing of Saudis inside their country.

It is important to understand the picture as it stands. Qatar is a partner in the war and aggression in Yemen, which makes its continuation in the GCC contrary to the foundations on which it was based. Its behavior has grown more conspiratorial as it continues to support anti-Riyadh forces, as well as against the other three countries.

Qatar’s anti-coalition activity in Yemen will prolong the dispute and may even worsen it. If Doha’s leadership believes that it uses the tactics of the war in Yemen, supported by the enemies of Saudi Arabia, to put pressure on it, it is committing a more serious mistake. It is provoking its adversaries to respond more harshly than just the boycott, which is the only weapon they have used against it so far.

The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is an escalation that will not dissuade the coalition countries from continuing the war, and Yemen’s cleansing of the Houthi militias, the agent of Iran and Qatar. These states consider the alliance with the Houthis similar to the alliance with banned terrorist organizations, such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, which justify prosecuting supporting governments.

Yesterday, the Kuwait summit ended quickly, and Sheikh Sabah succeeded in rescuing the GCC from collapsing. However, even the 50-minute summit almost did not convence because of Doha’s provocative propaganda that preceded the meeting a week ago.

This article was first published in Asharq Al-Awsat.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2017/12/06/The-Kuwait-GCC-summit-survived-while-Doha-didn-t.html
 

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Saleh has lost the battle, but the Houthis may have lost the war
by Mohammed Alyahya
December 07, 2017

Recent events may mark the beginning of the end for the conflict in Yemen, writes Mohammed Alyahya

The execution of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier this week happened after three days of intense clashes in Sanaa. Saleh-allied forces, consisting primarily of Yemen’s Republican Guards, contested with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Saleh had been allied with the Houthis until just last week, when he abandoned their three-year partnership after strains in their relationship culminated in a fall-out that led to all-out conflict in Sanaa’s streets.

Clearly Saleh’s assassination was a message from the Houthis' patrons in Tehran. Its intended recipients are the Trump administration and its coalition allies. The message seems to be: Iran has the ability to overturn your best-laid plans. However, given Yemen’s history and sociology, it appears the Iranians may have overplayed their hand.

The alliance between Saleh and the Houthis was not an easy one. Throughout the past few years the Houthis have succeeded in infiltrating government agencies and intimidating officials and dissidents through brute force and tactics unprecedented even for Yemen in their barbarity. They held children hostage, executed youth activists and assassinated college professors. While they gained strength, Saleh’s faction slowly lost its power: the Iranians and their allies, notably Hizbollah, stepped in to upgrade support for the Houthis with arms, logistics and training.

In August, Saleh’s party, the General People’s Congress, went to the street to celebrate its anniversary. The Houthis tried to stop the rallies. This led to tension between Houthi leadership and the organisers of the rallies among Saleh’s top leadership. In late August, the Houthis put Saleh under house arrest. They assassinated Khaled Al Radhi, one of his top lieutenants and closest advisers, who was responsible for liaising with foreign media.

The Houthis had demonstrated to many Yemenis, but most importantly to themselves, that they had the power to strong-arm Saleh and his camp. The power equation changed permanently on that August day in Sanaa. Since then, the Houthis saw themselves as the senior partners and Saleh their junior in an already fraying alliance. More importantly, it became clear to the Yemenis that the buffer between them and the Houthis' tyranny, as weak as it was, had evaporated entirely.

The paradox is that the death of Saleh may mark a turn in the other direction, with the Houthis and Iran getting weaker. The only reason the Houthis were tolerated in Yemen was because of the political cover they were afforded by Saleh. While undeniably employing brute force, he had a reputation as a pragmatic political operator with decades of experience. Saleh had sticks but he also had a basket of carrots.

The Houthis, on the other hand, employed henceforth unseen levels of brutality against whomever they deemed was a threat to them. Despite his countless violations, Saleh also utilised politics and negotiation, whereas the Houthis understand only total domination and brute force. In his own words, ruling Yemen was like “dancing on the heads of snakes,” a reference to his ability to twist arms, grease palms and make deals with so many of Yemen’s wide range of political actors. Little did he know that with the Houthis, he was not dancing on the heads of snakes, but feeding a crocodile. Winston Churchill once said, “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.”

By assassinating Saleh, the Houthis have pitted themselves against the GPC, the Republican Guards, Northern Tribes, Southern separatists and the Saudi-led Arab coalition. The Iranians have found themselves in a situation where it is only them and their proxy against an entire population and a slew of states. It’s not clear how long this state of affairs can be sustained: Yemen has no land borders with any of Iran’s other proxies.

Former GPC leader and vice president of Yemen Ali Mohsen al Ahmar has already ordered his troops to march on Sanaa. And the Saudi-led coalition has stated that it is ready to work with any parties in the country to eliminate the Iranian-backed Houthi militia’s domination. This may mark the beginning of the end of the Yemen war.

Mohammed Alyahya is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/saleh-has-lost-the-battle-but-the-houthis-may-have-lost-the-war-1.682322
 

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This may mark the beginning of the end of the Yemen war.
We can only hope that it ends at the earliest without further suffering of Yemenis.
 

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We can only hope that it ends at the earliest without further suffering of Yemenis.
Well the sooner non-arabs stop meddling inside Yemen, the sooner this conflict can end, and peoples suffering can end.
 

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Yemeni army arrests commander close to Houthi leader
Islam Seif, Al-Arabiya.net – Sanaa
Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Yemeni army said on Thursday that its forces arrested Hussein al-Houthi, a commander who is close to the movement’s leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi.


The Yemeni army detained Hussein and three of his companions at the Hamak Front between the Ibb and Dhale governorates, military sources told the army’s news website 26sepnews.


Hussein, who hails from Saada, and the three others were scouting the area in an ordinary vehicle and were dressed as civilians.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/12/21/Yemeni-army-arrests-commander-close-to-Houthi-leader.html
 

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Houthi rebel documents show 'cracks in the ranks'
Papers obtained by military intelligence show rebels struggling to recover from loss of commanders
Ali Mahmood
December 25, 2017

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels are facing a severe depletion and discontent in their forces in areas under their control, according to confidential documents obtained by the Yemeni military.

The documents were obtained by military intelligence a week ago and showed "cracks in the ranks", said Ramzi Mokhtar, editor of the 26 September military news website, which published the documents on Sunday.

The military also posted the documents on its Facebook page.

The documents, dated August 22 this year, were prepared by Iranian military experts and the Iran-backed Hizbollah militia for the Al Jehad office, a Houthi military arm that advises Abdul Malik Al Houthi, the leader of the rebel movement.

They detailed a dwindling of rebel ranks through casualties in northern areas of Yemen under Houthi control and an “urgent need for newly trained fighters as soon as possible”.

Al Houthi ordered his militants to operate in residential areas and continue using civilians as “shield walls” to protect the militias against air strikes, orders that were were supported by the experts, the documents show.

Civilian casualties are claimed almost daily amid fighting between between the rebels and the internationally-recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.

The documents indicate a high level of infiltration by double agents passing on information to the coalition as the rebels faced a series of setbacks because of a lack of experienced commanders to replace those killed in fighting.

After more than two years of war, coalition-backed government forces have made rapid gains in recent weeks following the collapse of the Houthi alliance with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who the rebels killed on December 4.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/houthi-rebel-documents-show-cracks-in-the-ranks-1.690562
 

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Arab coalition cuts Houthi supply line
Yemeni fighters, backed by UAE troops, raided Houthi strongholds between Al Khoukha and the town of Heys

The National
January 04, 2018
Updated: January 4, 2018 11:28 AM
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Yemeni fighters, loyal to the legitimate government of Yemen, hold position during an offensive against Houthi rebels positions in the Nihem region, east of Sanaa, Yemen, on December 24, 2017. Soliman Alnowab / EPA


The Arab coalition fighting in Yemen on behalf of the internationally-recognised government killed dozens of Houthi fighters and cut one of their main supply routes on Wednesday, reported the UAE state news agency, Wam.

The offensive, northwest of the city of Taiz, is a major advance for the Saudi-led coalition — which includes the UAE — in the nearly three-year civil war.

It would consolidate gains made last month at Al Khoukha on the Red Sea, where forces loyal to the legitimate government of Yemeni president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi made their biggest advance in months.

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels overthrew Mr Hadi’s government in 2015 and took control of the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen, where most of the 25 million people live.

Yemeni fighters, backed by UAE troops, raided Houthi strongholds between Al Khoukha and the town of Heys, about 25 kilometres to the east, to try to secure Red Sea areas captured last month.

"Emirati armed forces members and Yemeni resistance fighters managed to cut supply lines for the Houthi coup militias between Hodeidah and Taiz south of Heys city," WAM quoted an Emirati army source as saying.

The reported added that dozens of Houthi fighters were killed.

The civil war in Yemen has displaced more than two million people, pushing the country to the brink of famine. At least 10,000 people have been killed.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/arab-coalition-cuts-houthi-supply-line-1.692637
 

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Superiority in Yemen still with Coalition: Al-Malki
05 Jan 2018
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Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Arab Coalition forces, addressing a press conference in Riyadh -SPA

The Arab Coalition forces still has superiority in the battlefield within Yemen and on its border with Saudi Arabia, according to Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the coalition. Addressing the weekly press conference at the headquarters of King Salman Air Base in Riyadh, he said the legitimate government in Yemen enjoys superiority at the grass roots and political levels.

Al-Malki said that Houthi militias failed to launch a ballistic missile targeting Saudi Arabia last Friday. A total of 86 missiles have been launched at Saudi Arabia by the Houthis since the beginning of the Yemeni crisis. The spokesman said the Houthis continue to recruit children and putting them on the frontlines, which should be considered as a grave breach in human rights.

He also criticized the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick’s recent report saying that it lacks information, adding that McGoldrick “needs to focus on his work.”

Al-Malki made a video presentation in which he reviewed the efforts of the Coalition forces to support humanitarian and relief work in Yemen as well as the military operations carried out by the forces against targets of the Houthi militia. Al-Malki said that coalition raids continue to target militia checkpoints and weapon warehouses, adding that the raids succeeded in destroying locations where Houthi ballistic missiles are being kept in Sana’a.

He showed pictures of caves and hiding spots of Houthi weapons and missiles. “The militia is planting mines in commercial naval passages, but have failed to plant them on Saudi Arabian borders,” he added.

Al-Malki said that the permits granted to aid agencies and ships since the beginning of the military operations reached 17,293, including 2,749 permits through sea ports and 7,590 permits for humanitarian and relief assistance coming to Yemen through the airports.

The military barracks that were lost by the militia and now under the control of the legitimate government account for 444 sites and camps with weapons and military equipment

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/525470/World/Mena/Superiority-in-Yemen-still-with-Coalition-Al-Malki
 

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Yemen's Houthis storm schools to recruit children as fighters, say residents
It comes after the president of the so-called Supreme Political Council — which rules Sanaa and other rebel-held territory — ordered the chairman of the Houthi movement's Revolutionary Committee, to begin recruiting male school and university students in areas under rebel control

Ali Mahmood
January 08, 2018

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Houthi fighters are seen riding in the back of a truck in Sanaa on December 4, 2017. Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yemen's Houthi militants are storming public schools in rebel-held areas to recruit students as fighters, taking some away by force without telling their families, local residents have told The National.

It comes after Yemeni news sites on Sunday published a letter from the president of the so-called Supreme Political Council — which rules Sanaa and other rebel-held territory — to the chairman of the rebel movement's Revolutionary Committee, ordering him to begin recruiting male students for military training from all public universities and primary and secondary schools under Houthi control.

The letter did not stipulate the age of the students that should be "recruited" but pro-government forces have in the past arrested Houthi fighters as young as 10.

"They (the Houthis) started to come to the public schools, especially the secondary schools, to encourage students to stand with them against the enemy and the Saudi 'colonisation', as they say," Hamood, a resident of Ibb province, told The National.

"They give them religious handouts and encourage them to register military training." If the students do not sign up voluntarily "then they start to select the older ones and take them by force to begin a short period of military training before sending them to the battlefronts".

Hamood, who asked to be identified by his first name only, said the Houthis were doing this without informing the students' families of their whereabouts.

It comes as the rebels are losing ground to pro-government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, on several fronts, including in the western province of Hodeidah and the northern province of Al Jouf.

Mugamal, another Yemeni who spoke to The National about the Houthis' recruitment of school students, said the son of his former neighbour in Sanaa disappeared around one month ago after going to school one day and never returning home.

"Osama's family searched for him everywhere but they couldn't find him," said Mugamal, who has lived in a government-controlled area of Marib province since May last year after fleeing his home in Sanaa.

"Last week, a Houthi military vehicle stopped in front of his family home and Houthi fighters called on his relatives to come out and take his corpse, congratulating them on Osama being a martyr".

"They told Osama's family that he was killed at the Nehem battlefront to the east of Sanaa."

It was not clear if Osama, who Mugamal said was aged around 13, had volunteered to fight for the Houthis or had been taken by force.

The Houthis have also targeted schools in other provinces under their control, including Dhamar, Amran and Saada, according to government media.


Ramzi Mokhtar, a journalist covering the fighting between pro-government forces and the Houthis in Al Jouf province told The National that 45 civilians — the majority children — from the Gabal Al Shariq area of Dhamar province, south of Sanaa, had been forced to fight in Al Jouf, north of Sanaa.

When Yemeni army forces arrested 50 Houthi fighters in Al Jouf's Al Khab and Al Sha'ab districts a week ago, 30 were among the children who had been taken by force from Gabal Al Shariq, Mokhtar said. Some of these children said they had been taken by the Houthis from school.

The Yemeni minister of information, Moammar Al Eryani, tweeted on Saturday last week: "Field reports confirm that Houthi Iran militias are giving citizens options of arrest or to send them to battlefronts for fighting. They abduct children from schools & the orphanage house in Sanaa."


"The legitimate government is the only institution that owns right for opening up door 4 military recruiting within the line of military forces as per constitution & law. We highly recommend to people not to follow the misleading instructions by militias which may harm them," he added.


https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-s-houthis-storm-schools-to-recruit-children-as-fighters-say-residents-1.693842
 

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Houthi commander says he will work with Saudi-led coalition in Yemen
Sheikh Hamir Ebrahim, who commanded the Hyais and Al Kokha fronts in Yemen, ordered his tribesmen to join the ranks of coalition forces

The National
January 08, 2018


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The move by Sheikh Ebrahim suggests the alliance of Houthi rebels in Yemen may be under pressure from the inside. EPA

A Houthi commander who turned himself in to UAE Armed Forces in Yemen says he is willing to work with the Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi to power.

Sheikh Hamir Ebrahim, who commanded the Hyais and Al Kokha fronts in Hodeidah province, ordered his tribesmen to join the ranks of coalition forces "in order to liberate entire Yemeni territories", state news agency Wam said.

"Whoever dares to reject their orders [will be] targeted and expelled along with his family from their tribe and from the entire area," said Sheikh Ebrahim, who is better known by his nickname, Ebrahim Adabu.

He said he had received fair and decent treatment from the UAE Armed Forces since turning himself in, Wam said on Sunday.

Sheikh Ebrahim surrendered to the Yemeni army on Saturday, along with 50 of his men, according to pro-government journalist Aseel Al Sakladi. The Yemeni army and UAE Armed Forces are fighting together in Hodeidah.

Wam reported on Monday that Yemeni troops and coalition forces were continuing to advance towards the district of Hyais in Hodeidah. UAE forces have secured a road south of Hyais that served as the Houthis' supply line between Hodeidah and neighbouring Taez province.

The UAE is a leading member of the Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting in Yemen since March 2015.

Also on Sunday, the coalition said two Saudi pilots were rescued after their jet crashed in Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki said the jet crashed at 3.40pm on Sunday after suffering technical trouble, but he did not say where the incident occurred.

"The Arab Coalition Forces Command implemented a private joint operation to evacuate two pilots," he said, adding that the pilots had suffered no injuries.

The Houthis, however, claimed the British-built Tornado was hit while flying over the northern Yemeni province of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia and is the stronghold of the rebels. They said the jet had crashed on Saudi soil.

On Monday, the Yemeni army announced that its troops had achieved new gains in the Saada province district of Al Buku'a.

The media centre of the Yemeni armed forces posted on Facebook that troops had liberated the Om Al Adem mountain chain, which is close to the road linking Al Buku'a with Saada city, the provincial capital.

The commander of government forces in Saada, Major General Obeid Al Athlah, said this had cut the rebels' supply route to the Saudi border.

The Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran, seized the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in September 2014 and later advanced south, prompting the Saudi-led coalition to launch its intervention.

Although the coalition has since helped Mr Hadi's government — based in the second city of Aden — to retake large swathes of the south from the Houthis, the rebels still control Sanaa and much of the north.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/houthi-commander-says-he-will-work-with-saudi-led-coalition-in-yemen-1.693566
 

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Leaders in the GPC party reject meeting held in Sanaa
The Arab coalition stopped the rebels from infiltrating the city of Al Khawkhah in Al Hodeida

by Ali Mahmood
January 7, 2018
Updated: January 08, 2018 07:15 AM

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Sadiq Amin Aburas attending a meeting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2016. The General People's Congress elected Mr Sadiq by consensus at a meeting of its general committee, it said in a statement. Mohammed Huwais / AFP

Leaders of General People's Congress Party in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Sunday announced the election of a successor to Ali Abdullah Saleh, a move that was swiftly rejected by members who fled a rebel crackdown in Sanaa following Saleh's assassination.

The election of deputy leader Sadeq Amin Abou Rass at a meeting of the party general assembly in Sanaa was announced on Twitter by Al Sheikh Hussein Hazeb, a GPC member who served as minister in a ruling council with the Houthi rebels.

Nawra Al Garwi, a member of the GPC assembly who fled to government-controlled Marib province after the Houthis killed Saleh in December, said on Twitter that the meeting in Sanaa "doesn't make any sense" and no longer represented the party.

Kamel Al Khoudani, editor in chief of the Al Mithak newspaper affiliated with the GPC, tweeted that the move by party leaders in Sanaa was a "shame" and a betrayal of the blood of the former Yemeni president, many of whose relatives were arrested by the Houthis.

Mr Abou Rass was appointed GPC deputy leader by Saleh in 2014. The chairman of the Houthi political council, Saleh Al Samad, congratulated him on his election as party leader.

The Iran-backed Houthis, who seized Sanaa in 2014, killed Saleh after he broke his alliance with them and called for talks with the Saudi-led military coalition supporting Yemen's government.

The coalition said on Sunday that one of its jets had crashed due to a technical failure during operations in Yemen but both pilots were rescued unharmed.

Meanwhile, Yemeni security forces in Aden stopped lorry carrying 50 bags of urea nitrate, a fertiliser-based high explosive that can be used in improvised explosive devices, that was travelling to Sanaa on Saturday.

The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, had found such material in a number of sites in the northern provinces of the country, where the Houthi rebels would assemble explosives and landmines under the leadership of Iranian experts.

“Aden police stopped a big lorry at the Al Areesh checkpoint in the Khormaksar city of Aden [on Saturday] and discovered that its cargo was 50 bags of Urea nitrate, which was covered up with rice to conceal the content inside,” Lt Abdulrahman Al Nakeed told The National.

“The driver of the lorry admitted that he was heading with the substance to Sanaa, the capital, which is held by the Houthis.”

Meanwhile, the coalition killed in air strikes “a large number” of Houthi rebels trying to take over the city of Al Khawkhah in Al Hodeida governorate, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

The Houthis seized Sanaa in September 2014 and later advanced south, forcing Mr Hadi's government to flee to the second city of Aden and prompting the Saudi-led coalition to intervene in the war the following March.

The conflict has displaced more than two million people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of famine. At least 10,000 people have been killed.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/leaders-in-the-gpc-party-reject-meeting-held-in-sanaa-1.693429
 

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UAE slams Houthi threat to block Red Sea traffic
January 09, 2018



Yemen's rebels threatened to block traffic across the Red Sea unless a blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies is lifted.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash slammed the Houthis threats to impose a blockade on Red Sea traffic.

In a tweet, the UAE minister said that the rebels' "open threat to international navigation in the Red Sea is documentation of their terrorist nature".

Earlier in the day, Yemen's rebels threatened to block traffic across the Red Sea unless a blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies is lifted.

Houthi political chief Saleh Al Samad warned that the rebels could "turn to strategic options... including cutting off the Red Sea and international navigation" unless the blockade was lifted. The coalition has tightened its blockade on ports after a Houthi missile was fired at Saudi Arabia.

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/uae-slams-houthi-threat-to-block-red-sea-traffic
 

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